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Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

The already massive amount of code dedicated to deciding what you see on Facebook and what's skipped has just been given a kick in the pants. Facebook is now working with an element of humanity - another element, that is to say - this time relying on survey information delivered by the everyday user. Questionnaires were completed by Facebook users on which stories they'd rather seen, and the results of these tests are now informing what you end up seeing in your own personal Facebook feed every day.

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Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

If there's one type of story in my Facebook feed that will get me to unfollow a page, or use the “hide post” feature, it's a clickbait title. Basically anything with “one trick” or “you'll never believe number 4!” in the title gets removed from my feed. Well as it turns out, I might not need to keep doing that much longer.

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Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Peer to peer sales that are coordinated — and maybe even paid for through — Facebook are nothing new. The social network makes it easy to get in contact with someone, share pictures, and thanks to that money sending feature added to Messenger not too long ago, even pay for an item. Among the things being sold privately through Facebook were firearms, something the social network has now explicitly banned.

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Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

The folks behind Facebook's image upload software are revealed to have been translating images into ASCII art automatically. While we're not certain how web standards enthusiast Mathias Bynens happened upon this bit of code sorcery, we are sure that he's discovered something magical. To find the ASCII magic in a Facebook image or an Instagram image, the user has only to append ".html" after that image's ".jpg" marker. It's that easy, really.

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Facebook Events pages might soon offer ride-sharing features

Facebook Events pages might soon offer ride-sharing features

Finding a ride somewhere is pretty easy these days. Thanks to ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, you don't have to worry about calling a cab and wondering when it will arrive. However, if you're heading to an event somewhere, things might get even easier, if Facebook has its way.

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Facebook closes Parse, 3 years after buying it for $85 million

Facebook closes Parse, 3 years after buying it for $85 million

Back in 2013, Facebook acquired a company called Parse for around $85 million. Last year they announced that they had some big plans for Parse in the Internet of Things. Today, the company is closing the doors on the service altogether.

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Facebook expands Live Video to all iPhone users in US

Facebook expands Live Video to all iPhone users in US

Following its unveiling in December, Facebook is expanding the availability of live video, a new feature that allows Facebook users to share live video on the social network. The company has been testing live video with some users, and starting today it has expanded the feature’s available to all iPhone users in the United States. In the near future, Facebook will expand the feature's availability again.

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WhatsApp group video chat launched with Booyah

WhatsApp group video chat launched with Booyah

A third-party group by the name of Rounds Entertainment have launched video chat for WhatsApp called BOOYAH. Imagine the WhatsApp developer crew's surprise when they find out someone other than they have launched a video chat client for their service. No worries, WhatsApp developers, you could go ahead and launch video chat on your own, any time you like. Meanwhile it'll be Rounds Entertainment that'll be leading this charge for iOS and Android.

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Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

When you see a friend post a status about something bad that's happened to them, people tend to instinctively go for the “like” button. That's how people on Facebook show their support. But with just the one option, is the message you're sending being read as “I support you during this hard time” or “I like the fact that this happened to you”? Well, very soon, you'll have some new options for responding to status updates.

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Facebook unveils site for second European data center

Facebook unveils site for second European data center

Facebook is planning to build a second data center in Europe, and it has just announced the eventual site: Clonee, Meath County, Ireland. This will be the social network’s first ever data center in Ireland; the company’s current and only European data center is in Sweden. Alongside the news comes a render of what the planned data center will look like once it is constructed.

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Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Thanks to the miracle that is Facebook, we've got more friends, and we're more easily connected to them than ever. We see their constant updates and achievements, and we support them by hitting that little “like” button that lets them know that we care just enough to do the bare minimum. Oh, and according to a recent study, roughly 97% of your Facebook friends couldn't care less about you.

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Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook and Twitter are two of many online destinations where extremist groups like ISIS share propaganda in an effort to bolster their real-life followers. Critics have accused these online destinations of failing to adequately squash such accounts. In recent days, Facebook unveiled an effort in Europe to help combat hate speech on the social network, and more recently the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg discussed countering extremism with floods of 'likes'.

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